North America

  • Trucking’s Tight Capacity Squeezes U.S. Businesses

    Aug 13, 2018 — More companies are pointing to rising freight costs as a drag on earnings and growth, as trucking companies raise rates at a historic pace and one says finding trucks is getting ‘ugly’. “Nobody has a crystal ball, but if I had to place a bet I would say this is structural, not cyclical” change, said Lee Clair, managing partner at Transportation and Logistics Advisors LLC, a supply-chain-strategy consulting firm.
  • U.S. Rails increasingly in sweet spot as trucking capacity crisis hits peak season

    Aug 9, 2018 — Railroads are capitalizing on the acute shortage of drivers in the trucking industry as capacity constraints limit truckers’ ability to compete on some long-haul deferred bulk freight. “Railroads look like big winners in the short term,” the recent State of Logistics report concluded, noting that this year is following a trend of rising carloads that began in 2017.
  • Despite Early Activity, Atlantic Hurricane Season May End in a Fizzle

    Aug 3, 2018 — The Atlantic hurricane season may have gotten off to an early start this year, but it’ll probably end with a whimper — at least when it comes to the total number of storms. Twelve named storms are likely to form in 2018, fewer than last year’s 17 and below the 1981-2010 average, according to a forecast Thursday from Colorado State University.
  • Why the Trucking Shortage Is Costing You

    Aug 2, 2018 — A shortage of truck drivers that has been simmering in the United States for years has reached a full boil, causing anxiety from small factories to the Federal Reserve.
  • Trucking the USA: Nuisance, thy name is ELD

    Aug 1, 2018 — With today marking four months since full enforcement of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, a number of truck drivers still say there are problems with ELDs in use and the federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules that are their foundation.
  • Uber Suspends Self-Driving Truck Effort to Focus on Autonomous Cars

    Jul 31, 2018 — Uber announced July 30 that it was, for now, parking its effort to develop commercially viable self-driving trucks in order to focus on bringing autonomous cars to its service.
  • APL Antwerp Loses Eight Containers Overboard at Port of Virginia

    Jul 31, 2018 — The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners of loose cargo containers in the water at the Port of Virginia after a reported eight containers fell overboard from a ship on Sunday afternoon.
  • What's Next on the Road to Self-Driving Trucks?

    Jul 30, 2018 — There's little doubt that automation is coming in the trucking industry — heck, it's already here in many fomats. But how will the next levels of automation be deployed? What will the legal and regulatory framework around that look like?
  • Overcapacity, Not Trade Wars, to Blame for Falling Demand on Asia-US East Coast

    Jul 25, 2018 — Oversupply of shipping capacity rather than trade wars caused the recent rationalisation in transpacific and Asia-US east coast container services, with US tariffs on Chinese goods largely hitting non-containerised goods, so far.
  • U.S. House OKs Bill to Delay TWIC Deployment at High-Risk Facilities

    Jul 20, 2018 — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation calling for a delay in deploying thousands of biometric readers for transportation security cards at the nation’s high-risk ports and commercial facilities. A companion bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 3094) has been referred out of committee but has yet to go to the floor for a vote.
  • US - China trade war fallout sees 6.7% container capacity cut on transpacific

    Jul 19, 2018 — The Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance have joined the 2M alliance in cancelling strings on the transpacific. According to analyst Alphaliner the cuts equate to 6.7% of capacity deployed on the trade, or 21,300 teu per week.
  • FMCSA Outlines New Data Model to Be Tested in September

    Jul 18, 2018 — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have withdrawn a slate of proposed “enhancements” to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s Safety Management System to make way for a small-scale test in September of a new statistical data model intended to better identify high-risk carriers.
  • Spot Truckload Rates Continue to Soar Amid Record Demand

    Jul 18, 2018 — Capacity shortfalls combined with increased demand for truckload shipments are continuing to boost spot rates to record levels, according to DAT Solutions, which also said in what is an atypical trend, spot rates now are exceeding long-term contract rates.
  • Shippers rushing to beat tariffs? Port of Oakland reports record imports

    Jul 18, 2018 — To witness the buildup to a brewing trade war between the U.S. and China, look no farther than the Port Oakland, where shipping traffic has been heating up along with the rhetoric over President Trump’s tariffs. The port reported that import volume reached a record high last month, possibly due to shippers rushing to beat import tariffs that kicked in this month.
  • Several U.S. Carriers Fine-Tune Compensation in Face of Driver Shortage

    Jul 17, 2018 — The second quarter brought a number of increases in driver compensation as the driver shortage continued to impact carriers’ ability to transport loads.
  • Fumigation of used mattresses - Import regulations into Canada

    Jul 13, 2018 — CBSA is sending this notification about the import of second hand/used mattresses, that has previously not been consistently enforced at port: "As per D9-1-7, the regulations and guidelines state that used/second hand mattresses are prohibited from importation by the relevant legislation EXCEPT in circumstances where the mattress is being imported under tariff items 9805.00.00, 9806.00.00, 9807.00.00, 9808.00.00, 9809.00.00 or 9810.00.00." Although mattresses may fall under the above prescribed exemptions, they are still required to be cleaned and fumigated prior to importation and must be accompanied by a certificate of fumigation.
  • U.S. Warehouse Supply at Its Tightest in Two Decades

    Jul 13, 2018 — For U.S. retailers, manufacturers, importers and exporters, warehouse space is at its tightest since 2000, when the first dot-com boom was driving strong consumer spending and imports from China were beginning to surge.
  • Tariffs not enough to derail U.S. trucking economy

    Jul 13, 2018 — While there is a lot of noise surrounding tariffs and potential trade wars, FreightWaves’ Chief Economist Ibrahiim Bayaan isn’t as concerned as some that the noise will result in action that could derail the economy.
  • Tentative agreement for six-year NY port contract

    Jul 12, 2018 — The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) have announced a tentative agreement on a six-year local contract for the Port of New York and New Jersey.
  • U.S. Driver Shortage: Reservists may get license transfers from military to civilian world

    Jul 11, 2018 — The Transportation Department is launching a pilot program that allows reservists and veterans to transfer their military training into the civilian world. The new program highlights a lapse in licensure service members have been struggling with for quite some time: why can someone drive a truck in the military, but need to retrain to do the same thing once that person is out.
  • OOIDA request for a small business ELD exemption gets thumbs down by U.S. FMCSA

    Jul 9, 2018 — A request for an exemption from the ELD rule for small carriers--by definition just about the entire Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association membership--has been denied by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • Pledge to sell Long Beach terminal clears the way for COSCO takeover of OOIL

    Jul 9, 2018 — COSCO has appeased US security concerns over its acquisition of OOIL and its container arm OOCL by agreeing to concede ownership of the OOCL-operated Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) to a US trust pending its sale to a third party.
  • ‘PierPass 2.0’ pushed back to fourth quarter

    Jun 27, 2018 — Container terminal operators in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach now expect their revised PierPass OffPeak program will go into effect in the fourth quarter instead of August as originally planned.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

    Jun 19, 2018 — As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Tariffs present different global supply chain situations for shippers

    Jun 18, 2018 — For nearly 18 months, or even longer, there have been steady gains in United States-bound imports from China, with much of it due to the pending, now actual, tariffs, which have been by viewed by many at protectionist measures.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Santa Fe Group Further Invests in China with full Acquisition of Sino Santa Fe

    Mar 24, 2017 — The Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.
  • Early Closure of JPPSO-Northeast: 10-Aug-2018 (11:00-1630 EST)